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    9 Little Things Doctors Want You To Know About Your Poop

    What you need to know about constipation, diarrhea, and how stress and anxiety affect your bowel movements.

    Poop! It's part of everyone's life, but isn't often the center of conversation.

    Here's what he had to say about all our biggest poop-related questions:

    Keep in mind that everyone’s body is different and that what may work for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Always make sure to consult your doctor before changing your diet or lifestyle, or starting any kind of new treatment.

    1. Pooping anywhere between three times a day and three times a week is normal.

    2. Stress and anxiety affect your bowels in different ways.

    3. Probiotics can help improve bowel health, though the evidence doesn’t support widespread use.

    4. You should drink about six to eight cups of water a day to promote bowel movements.

    5. Eating breakfast triggers a "gastrocolic response," which is what makes you run to the bathroom.

    6. The Squatty Potty may have some science to back it up.

    7. Gastrointestinal issues tend to run in families, but are not strongly linked genetically.

    8. GI issues have increased over the last 10 years.

    9. And there are a few lifestyle changes you can easily make for better bowel health.